Methuselah is the oldest person mentioned in the Bible. He lived to be 969 years old (Genesis 5:27). In Genesis 5, Methuselah is listed as a descendent of Adam, who also lived nearly a millennium.
According to the Book of Genesis, Methuselah was the son of Enoch , the father of Lamech , and the grandfather of Noah . Elsewhere in the Bible, Methuselah is mentioned in genealogies in 1 Chronicles and the Gospel of Luke .
According to the chronology of the Bible, Methuselah died one week before the Great flood; He was also the oldest of all the figures mentioned in the Bible.
The apocryphal Book of Enoch claims to be revelations of Enoch, transcribed by him and entrusted to be preserved for future generations by his son, Methuselah.
In this book, Enoch recounts two visions he has had to Methuselah. The first is about the Genesis flood narrative , and the second chronicles the history of the world from Adam to the Last Judgment
Interpretations of the Bible following biblical literalism take Methuselah’s 969 years to be 969 solar years. Some literalists attempt to give certain arguments for how this could be: early humans had a better diet, or a water vapor canopy protected the earth from radiation before the Flood.
Others introduce theological causes: humans were originally to have everlasting life, but sin was introduced into the world by Adam and Eve , its influence became greater with each generation, and God progressively shortened human life, particularly after the Flood.
Nowadays even reaching 70 years is a problem.
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